Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Into the Shadows: Chapter 5 Part 3

Chapter 5 Part 3
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“Seriously? What was Miranda Swenson thinking, wearing that hideous yellow dress? She looks like Big Bird!” Michaela giggled as she nodded discreetly in Miranda’s direction before shoving a cookie in her mouth. The table she chose had a perfect view of the people waiting in line for refreshments.

Paivi turned to look and snorted, hurriedly covering her mouth. The punch almost made a quick exit.

They didn’t notice two girls walking up to the table. The first was short and plump and was dressed in orange, resembling a pumpkin. The other was somewhat skinny and wore a green dress.

“Hey,” said Pumpkin, looking at Paivi.

“Um, hi?” Paivi tried to figure out if she should know the girl from somewhere.

“We’re supposed to tell you that Christian Nelson wants to talk to you,” Green Bean explained.

“Who’s Christian Nelson?” Paivi asked, although she was worried she might already know.
Pumpkin and Green Bean exchanged a look that clearly read ‘what an idiot.’

“Everyone knows Christian. He seemed to think you’d know him too. Anyways, he’s sitting over there.” Green Bean gestured to the other end of the cafeteria, where a bunch of students were sitting at a table, talking and laughing. He was there, in the middle of the group. He wore sunglasses, so Paivi couldn’t see his eyes, but she could see his blond hair, which looked white in the light, very clearly.

Her hands shook as she grabbed her used cup and napkin from the table.

“Come on Michaela, I wanna dance," Paivi said, standing up abruptly.

“Whatever,” said Pumpkin.

The girls, looking a bit annoyed, turned and headed back to Christian Nelson’s camp.

“Don’t you want to go over and talk to that guy? That’s the one that was checking you out on the first day of school. He’s pretty cute. And he looks pretty popular,” Michaela said, pulling on her arm.

“I’m not interested. And I don’t think he’s cute at all,” she added firmly. “I just want to go back to the dance floor. Let’s go find the girls.”

Paivi dragged Michaela back into the gym and disappeared into the throng. She had a hard time enjoying herself after the cookies and punch incident, and tried to make sure she was in the middle of the group as much as possible. She didn’t want to have to deal with Pumpkin or Green Bean or any more of Christian Nelson’s entourage.

She couldn’t wait to go home. Who was making food talk to her? Could it have been Christian Nelson? She still thought she might be seeing things. And she didn’t know who to talk to about it. Hopefully, it would be over now. She had made it quite clear that she didn’t want to talk to him. Unfortunately, there was one small problem. Paivi would still be forced to see Christian every day at lunch and there was no getting around it. She shivered at the thought and tried to push it from her mind.



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